‘Counting On’: Joy Duggar Has Been So Supportive of Best Friend Carlin Bates During Her Pregnancy

Joy Duggar has been through a lot this past year. She’s a young mother who wed when she was only 19, and she has already experienced the heartbreak of going through a miscarriage. Despite the difficulty, Duggar has remained strong for those in her family who are having babies this year as well as her best friend, Carlin Bates. She hasn’t let her own loss prevent her from being happy for those around her.

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Joy Duggar and Carlin Bates | Austin and Joy Forsyth via Instagram

Duggar and Forsyth lost their second child to a late miscarriage

Duggar and Forsyth are parents to their young son, Gideon, who was born in February 2018. Earlier this year, they announced that they would be welcoming their second child in the fall. The two were thrilled to be having another baby, but when they went to the doctor for a 20-week checkup and the gender reveal, they learned instead that their baby had no heartbeat. Losing a child at 20 weeks is very rare, and Duggar and Forsyth were extremely saddened by the news; it took them a week to share it with the public.

There are several women in Duggar’s family expecting babies soon

Things for Duggar haven’t been easy since losing her baby, and a large part of that could be because so many other women in the family are expecting. Anna Duggar, Lauren Swanson, and Kendra Caldwell are all expecting little girls this fall, which makes things even harder for Duggar. And Amy Duggar, the Duggar’s cousin, is due to have her baby very soon. Duggar attended the shower, but she left early (for undisclosed reasons), and Amy Duggar noted that she had given her a few extra hugs.  

Despite her hardships, Duggar has still been an amazing friend to her bestie, Carlin Bates

Duggar is very close friends with Carlin Bates, a young woman who also comes from a very large, religious family. When Duggar learned she had lost her baby, Bates went to the hospital and did her hair and makeup so Duggar could have a newborn photoshoot with her little girl. Now, Bates is pregnant, and Duggar is extremely excited for her best friend to be welcoming her first child. When Bates announced her pregnancy, Duggar left a heartfelt comment on her Instagram post. “Yayyyy!!! SOOOOO happy!!!!” Duggar wrote, along with plenty of emojis.

When Bates posted another photo showing her tiny baby bump, Duggar also left a supportive comment. “Hot mama!! Love yoouuu!!” along with more emojis. It’s clear Duggar is happy for her bestie, despite her own hardships.  

It’s unclear when Duggar and Forsyth will announce another pregnancy

Right now, Duggar and Forsyth are probably still going through the healing process of losing their baby. But with all the upcoming births this fall, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if they had some baby fever. Realistically, Duggar probably needs a few months to move on from her loss, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the two announced a pregnancy by the end of the year or in the beginning of 2020.